Much of the world's hunger problems could be solved by the reduction or elimination of our meat-eating habits.
Apparently, if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10 %, one hundred million people could be adequately fed using the land freed. How about if all of us would reduce or even eliminate our meat consumption?
Raising animals for meat is a waste of world food resources. Almost 40% of the world's grain supply is fed to livestock instead of feeding humans.
"40-60 million of people die each of stravation and related disease each year" ("Becoming Vegetarian" Melina, Davis and Harrison.)
It takes 300 g of cereals to produce 100 g of chicken, 500 g of cereals for 100 g of beef. It takes even more cereals to produce 100 g of pork
So we need 500 g of cereals to produce 100 g of beef. Just to compare, 100 g of beef provide 16 g of proteins and 500 g of cereals provide 50 g of proteins. Do not you think we are wasting proteins along the way? Would not it be better if the rich people who can afford and have the possibility to buy beef let some of these proteins wasted go to the one who are starving?
Moreover, a land can be much more effective to produce grain and crops rather than meat. It takes 4 to 10 times more land to feed meat-eaters than vegetarians.
To sumarize, on a same land, we can produce more cereals than meat and meat is fed with cereals. It is a double waste. We could feed many more people directly by producing cereals and feeding people with those instead of livestock.
Starvation still exists. Each year, millions of people worldwide die as a result of malnutrition while other have the luxury to waste foods, leaving half of their meal on their plate, feeding the dog with the left over... We are lucky but what if you were the one you just lost a child of starvation would not you like to wish that people would eat more vegetarian meals?
In "Diet for a Small Planet", Frances Moore Lappe asks us to imagine ourselves sitting down to a 200 g steak. "Then imagine the room filled with 45 to 50 people with empty bowls in from of them. For the 'feed cost' of your steak, each of their bowls could be filled with a full cup of cooked cereal grains."
Realized by Laurence LIVERNAIS-SAETTEL, dietetian
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